Around Town First Day SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and non-profit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around town.)
STATE CHAMPS TO BE HONORED — In celebration of a unique achievement by the Bulldog football program, members of the 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994 and 2004 state championship teams will be honored and presented with a commemorative coin at halftime of the Homecoming game Friday, Sept. 19. All members of those teams are encouraged to attend. Sign-up will be held from 6-7 p.m. today in front of the Hall of Champions at Bulldog Bowl. Those team members wishing to ride a float in the Homecoming parade may also come to the Bulldog Bowl parking lot between 3 and 4 p.m. today.
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ENCHILADA TICKETS — Tickets for Yeso Elementary School’s annual enchilada dinner are now on sale. The dinner will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. today, prior to the Homecoming football game. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at the door.
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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY — Habitat for Humanity of Artesia will begin work on its next house at 1007 W. Missouri Ave. with a blitz build beginning at 8 a.m. Sept. 20-21. Anyone interested in helping is encouraged to attend and bring a hammer. For more information, contact Teresa Ashley at 746-3167.
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CAR WASH — Victory Life Fellowship will hold a car wash, weather permitting, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Burger King. Cost is $10 per vehicle.
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USED BOOK SALE — Friends of the Artesia Public Library will host a special Fall Used Book Sale from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the library in conjunction with Artesia MainStreet’s Art Walk and Chalk It Up events. A large selection of books well be priced at 50 cents to $1.
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GIRL SCOUT ENROLLMENT — Enrollment in Girl Scouts has begun for the 2014-15 year. Membership is $15 a year; some financial aid is available. Anyone interested in registering their daughter or starting a troop may contact Maria Escamilla at 746-9846, ext. 105, or mescamilla@gsdsw.org, or visit www.gsdsw.org.
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GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY — The Artesia Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at the Artesia Public Library. Anyone interested in genealogy is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Dorothy at 748-3909.
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DEMOCRATIC PARTY — The Democratic Party of Eddy County will conduct voter outreach from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at the IBEW Union Hall, 608 N. Main St., Carlsbad.
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FFA PARDNERS — The Artesia FFA Pardners will meet at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in the Artesia High School ag shop. FFA members will also meet at this time and are required to be in official dress. Anyone wanting to support Artesia FFA is welcome and encouraged to attend the Pardners meeting. For more information, contact Debbie at 748-5647.
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HEALTH FOOD CO-OP — The United Health Food Co-Op will accept orders for Bithell Farms’ Fall 2014 delivery of individually frozen berries, fruits and jams through Monday, Sept. 22. Delivery will be sometime between mid-October and the first half of November. For more information, contact Rita at 748-2792 or Gerald at 748-3250.
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TAILGATE PARTY — The Lady Bulldog soccer team will host its 11th Annual Tailgate Party from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in the Bulldog Bowl parking lot, prior to the Bulldogs’ game against Carlsbad. Plates are $7 each and include a pulled pork barbecue sandwich, chips, dessert and a drink.
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TOSS NO MAS — Toss No Mas (formerly Trek for Trash) will be held Saturday, Sept. 27. Sign-in and handout of trash bags, gloves, safety instructions and t-shirts will begin at 8 a.m. at Central Park. The public is encouraged to participate and help clean up the community. For more information, call Artesia Clean & Beautiful at 748-3192.
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CHAUTAUQUA PERFORMANCE — The Artesia Public Library will host a Chautauqua Program, “Diamond Bessie: A Tale of Love and Murder,” by accomplished storyteller Susi Wolf at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in the meeting room. Admission is free. Due to mature content, no children will be admitted. For more information, contact Geri Dosalua at 746-4252 or visit www.artesianm.gov/library.
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ALTRUSA GOLF SCRAMBLE — The Altrusa Club of Artesia’s 13th Annual Golf Scramble will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Artesia Country Club. Entry fee is $30 plus cart and greens fees. Tee box sponsorships are available for a donation of $50 or more. Tate Branch Dodge will sponsor a hole-in-one contest. Proceeds will benefit academic scholarships for deserving young leaders in the community. To enter, call the pro shop at 746-6732. Sponsorships or donations may be mailed to: Altrusa Club of Artesia, P.O. Box 652, Artesia, N.M., 88211-0652.
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GRANT ASSISTANCE NEEDED — On the Move, a local ministry for the homeless, is seeking someone with financial/grant experience to assist with grant applications. Call 708-0033.
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AHS ANNUALS — Students and parents may pick up 2013-14 Artesia High School annuals before school and after lunch in Sherrie Bratcher’s room, I-150. Extra annuals are available at a cost of $85. The 2014-15 Bulldog Annual is also now on sale at a cost of $85. See Bratcher for details or search “Artesia High School” at balfour.com.
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OFFICIALS NEEDED — Football officials are urgently needed for the 2014 season. If interested, contact Gavin at 575-915-6298.
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GRIEF SHARE — Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — Home Care Connection and Hospice, an Encompass Company, is seeking hospice volunteers to serve Artesia patients. For more information, contact Andy Harris at 575-887-6050.
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BUTTER BRAID BREAD — The Artesia High School junior class is selling frozen butter braid bread in many flavors. Loaves are $13 pre-paid with delivery Sept. 17. To order, contact any junior class member or Haley Goff, Marcia Gardner or Sylvia Wilson at AHS, 746-9816. Proceeds will benefit prom and senior banquet.
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FOOTBALL PARKING PASSES — West Main Baptist Church youth are selling 2014 Bulldog Football Parking Passes for $30. The pass includes a free t-shirt and allows parking on the West Main campus for all home games, including playoffs. Passes may be purchased during the week at the church office or in the parking lot Friday night.
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OLD TIMERS’ SOFTBALL — An old timers’ softball tournament/league for players ages 45 and older is being planned. For more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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CHURCH LEAGUE SOFTBALL — A church softball league is being planned. Entry will be $165 per team. All players must be church members. For more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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CAREGIVER SUPPORT — Lakeview Christian Hospice will host a Caregiver Support Group from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1300 N. Canal, Carlsbad. For more information, contact Samantha Clifton at 575-887-0933.
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LITERACY PROGRAM — Mothers are encouraged to utilize the time their children are in school by improving English, math and computer skills or working on a GED through the Artesia Literacy Council’s New Beginnings program. For more information, call 748-9740 or visit 2002 W. Grand Ave. (inside Westside Church of Christ).
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ADULT BASKETBALL — The City of Artesia adult basketball league is underway. The public is invited to attend games, which are held at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Artesia Center.
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SENIOR BINGO — The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
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HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS — Lakeview Christian Hospice Care is seeking volunteers in Artesia. Different opportunities are available. For more information, contact Samantha Clifton at 575-887-0933 or volunteercoordinator@lakeviewchristian.com.
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PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws is seeking volunteers to aid at the Artesia Animal Shelter. Must be 18 or older. To apply, visit the shelter at 501 Paddy Wagon Way.
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BAG SALE — The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary will have bag sales each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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CASA VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is preparing to train new volunteers in September or October. The organization is seeking volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children living in foster care. All necessary training provided. Screening and background check required. For more information call 746-6077 or visit 405 S. Second St.
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DIVORCE CARE — Divorce Care meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the fireside room at Trinity Temple. For more information, contact Debi Argo at 748-2962.
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LITERACY TUTORING — One-on-one tutoring services are now available at the Artesia Literacy Council. Regular business hours are from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The council is seeking students ready to work on GED, ESL or basic skills and tutors willing to teach. Call 748-9740.
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WOMEN’S AA — A women’s AA group will meet from 7-8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at 505 W. Richey Ave. For more information, call 748-5412.
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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — Alcoholics Anonymous will meet from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 505 W. Richey.
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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — The We are Not Saints group will meet from 7-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 809 S. 10th St.